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A Buena Vista: Barrio Habana - Soneros de Verdad

Titel : A Buena Vista: Barrio Habana

Artiest(en) : Soneros de Verdad

Genre : Cuba

Medium : CD

Jaar : 2001

Label : Connector

€ 15,00


Soneros de Verdad - A Buena Vista: Barrio de la Habana
This album might have been made to jump on the Buena Vista Social Club bandwagon, but it`s one of those rare imitations that takes on a life of its own. Singer Luis Frank, the mastermind behind it, is a young vocalist with a big voice and a love of the older music. And though, for the most part, these aren`t old songs, but new ones dressed up in their father`s clothing, they`re beautifully presented and played, a trip through the culture of son, guajira, bolero, and trova. In addition to Frank, who takes lead on most of the songs, the spotlight falls on veteran singer Pio Leyva and tres virtuoso Juan de Marcos. But others do get their moment in the Cuban son -- pianist Guillermo "Rubalcaba" Gonzalez unleashes a solo of truly stunning inventive genius on "Oguere," for example. "Longina" is a gorgeous duet between Frank and de Marcos that works as much because of the interplay between voices as the playing. The presentation and feel seem real, and the musicians invest everything with an authenticity that shows a love of and familiarity with the older styles and arrangements, like the muted trumpet of Daniel Alayo and the weathered, cracked vocal of Rudy Calzado on his bolero "La Mas Bella Cancion." And ending it all with more bravura playing from Gonzales is a master stroke, allowing his individuality another chance to shine, and shows him to be a true giant of the keyboard. But it`s typical of an album that breaks all the rules of exploitation to become a work of art in its own right.
1. A Buena Vista
2. La Sitiera
3. Bilongo
4. Baila Suave
5. Hoy La Lluvia
6. Oguere
7. Linda Alborada
8. Longina
9. Ojos Malignos
10. Golondrina Guajira
11. La Mas Bella Cancion
12. Maracibo Oriental
13. Rubalcaba